Calling all book worms! Montreal libraries will officially be eliminating all late fees as of October 6.
According to Bibliothèques Montréal, "this decision is part of the international movement of 'Fine Free Library' born in the United States which advocates the abolition of fees charged to subscribers when their borrowed documents are reported late in public libraries."
Customers who already have late fees charged on their accounts will have those fees erased. Other library fees such as lost card fees and lost or damaged book fees will still apply, however.
All books and documents borrowed will also still have a "return by" date. As long as the book isn't past its due date, it may be renewed up to three times.
If a book or document is more than 33 days past its due date, it will be considered "lost" and you'll incur a $5 replacement charge.
"These late fees are a barrier, for certain vulnerable clienteles, to use the services of their public libraries," a Bibliothèques Montreal press release reads.
"By eliminating these fees, we hope to make our neighbourhood libraries more inclusive and more accessible."
The City of Montreal has announced that it will be moving forward with investments on seven projects that were selected by Montrealers.
The investment will come from the city's first-ever participatory budget, which allowed citizens to choose their favourite projects.
Over a two-year period, $10 million will go to seven projects that got the most overall votes from the population. Six projects will be spread out over 14 boroughs and one project will encompass the entire territory of Montreal.
"What emerges from the selected projects is the importance that people place on improving their living environment, protecting nature in the city and reclaiming public spaces for the benefit of the entire population," Mayor Valérie Plante said in a statement.
The following projects were selected for investment:
A budget of $2.7 million will be used for building more than 125 water fountains that will allow for refilling reusable water bottles in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Mercier–Hochelaga–Maisonneuve, Outremont, Saint-Léonard and Ville-Marie.